Banting Diet Weight Loss Strategies, Sleep

This is an interesting weight loss strategies, sleep. It is very seldom mentioned in any diet book, but is absolutely essential.

Sleep is amazingly important in our life and we often do not get enough. In this modern world of electricity, television, computers and mobile phones, there is too much light and this disrupts our sleep patterns.

If you were not stay awake for a month you will die. Fatal familial insomnia is a rare condition in which the sufferer can’t sleep and dies within the month

For us this won’t be a problem.Weight loss strategies, sleep

Reduced sleep has been implicated in other issues such as reduced immune response. A study was conducted on students receiving Hepatitis vaccines. Those who’s sleep was disturbed had a 75% reduce immune response, so much so that they were considered not to be immunised.

We are more concerned though about the effect of sleep disturbances on weight gain.

Our hunger is controlled by two hormones ghrelin, appetite stimulating hormones, and leptin, and appetite reducing hormone. Sleep disturbances increase the levels of ghrelin and reduce leptin. So people who don’t sleep enough are more likely to be hungry, and put on weight.

A very interesting article on leptin can be found at Health Ambition’s article¬†Leptin: What Is It & Why Should We Care?

Children between six and nine who had less than 10 hours sleep are up to 250% more ,likely to be obese.

A short nap between 2 and 4 pm has also shown to have a marked effect on our energy levels and reduced appertite in the afternoon. The nap should not be more than 10 to 15 minutes

So the final conclusion is to sleep properly, around 7 hours. Do not use sleeping tablets because they disturb your natural sleep patterns, the REM sleep in particular.

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